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Inter held to 0-0 draw by 10-man Genoa

Inter held to 0-0 draw by 10-man Genoa

Inter Milan was held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Genoa on Sunday, and Napoli and Udinese both won to join the three-time defending champions at the top of the Serie A standings.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had chances for Inter but couldn't find the target at the San Siro, even after Genoa midfielder Ivan Juric picked up his second yellow card on the hour mark.
"I'm always responsible for my team's results, and in the second half some players still didn't understand what they needed to do," Inter coach Jose Mourinho said. "On Tuesday, I'll discuss it with them and clear it up. We put Genoa at ease and two or three of my players were not up to the task."
Napoli beat Lazio 1-0 in Rome with an own-goal by defender Sebastiano Siviglia, and Antonio Di Natale scored twice in Udinese's 3-1 win over AS Roma, which lost its third straight match.
Roma coach Luciano Spalletti acknowledged that he may lose his job.
"It's natural to feel at risk when things are not going well," he said.
Udinese tops the table on goal difference with 17 points. Inter and Napoli also have 17 points. Surging AC Milan, which beat Atalanta 1-0 in Bergamo, and Fiorentina, which won 3-1 at Palermo, are next with 16.
Milan playmaker Kaka scored his second goal of the season in the 80th, lifting the ball over Atalanta goalkeeper Ferdinando Coppola after receiving a pass inside the area from Marco Borriello.
"There's no use hiding it, Milan didn't deserve to win," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "Atalanta played very well, with passion and rhythm, but we were very attentive and waited for our opponents to slow down to strike the winning blow."
After losing its opening two games, Milan has won five and drawn once.
Alberto Gilardino scored his league-leading seventh goal and Adrian Mutu added two more scores for Fiorentina.
Gilardino opened the scoring controversially in the 19th, redirecting the ball in with his arm as he slid down at the edge of the box, with the referee apparently ruling the handball involuntary.
Mutu scored his first goal on a counterattack in the 42nd, then added another in the 62nd from the center of the area after Fabio Simplicio had pulled one back for Palermo.
Also, it was: Cagliari 2, Chievo Verona 0; Reggina 2, Lecce 0; and Sampdoria 2, Bologna 0.
On Saturday, Brazilian forward Amauri scored his third goal in three games to lead Juventus over Torino 1-0 in a derby. It was Juve's first league victory in more than a month.
Also, Catania drew 1-1 at Siena.
Mourinho brought on forwards for all three of his substitutions _ Julio Ricardo Cruz, Mario Balotelli and Victor Obinna _ but Genoa's defense held tight even though a man down.
Genoa threatened twice midway through the first half, with Argentine striker Diego Milito freeing himself for a dangerous shot in the 35th and Giandomenico Mesto missing the rebound. A minute later, Mesto hit the crossbar from 30 meters (yards).
"Inter was undisciplined and Genoa did what it had to do. At the end, I congratulated their coach and team," Mourinho said. "They were very aware in defense."
Inter midfielder Sulley Muntari was carried off on a stretcher in the 53rd with an apparent thigh muscle problem and Mourinho said he would miss Wednesday's game at Fiorentina.
"We have problems in midfield right now," Mourinho said, adding that he would leave two or three players home for the Fiorentina game as punishment for their performances.
Napoli went ahead in the 61st, with Siviglia deflecting in a cross from forward Ezequiel Lavezzi with his chest.
Lazio's Goran Pandev hit the post in the 86th.
Roma was routed 4-0 by Inter last weekend and lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday. This time, the team was beaten by coach Luciano Spalletti's former club.
Udinese forward Antonio Floro Flores earned a penalty that Di Natale converted in the 10th, then added a goal of his own in the 22nd, seven minutes after having a shot deflected off the post.
Di Natale scored again in the 52nd on a counterattack.
Roma argued to no avail for penalties on two occasions in the first half, and forward Mirko Vucinic was shown a yellow card for diving in the 29th.
Roma captain Francesco Totti converted a penalty in the 74th, his first goal this season following a slow start after knee surgery.